Total cement consumption reached more than 37 million tonnes in the first seven months of the year, or 60 per cent of this year's target, according to the Ministry of Construction.
Of that figure, the domestic market accounted for 28.5 million tonnes and the remaining 8.52 million tonnes were for export markets.
The total cement consumption is expected to be 62-64 million tonnes this year, an increase of 1.5-3 per cent compared to last year.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Southern city to build special economic zone
HCM City plans to set up a special economic zone for the marine economy, which would include District 7 and Nha Be District, and a part of areas of Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts.
The HCM City's People's Committee said the special economic zone would be a breakthrough in the manufacturing sector, import-export, development of investment, and trade and infrastructure as well as marine economy.
The establishment of a special economic zone was essential and appropriate with the city's master plan on socio-economic development from now until 2020, with a vision to 2030, the committee said.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Polluting firms ordered to clean up
The HCM City's People's Committee has ordered 54 firms that caused pollution of environment in the city to invest waste treatment and take measures to clean up the environment.
Of that figure, 13 facilities have polluted the environment seriously, including the HCM City Ear-Nose-Throat Hospital, Altamode Ltd., Co., Nahal Vina Ltd., Co., Viet Thang Corporation, and Samho Viet Nam Ltd., Co.
The committee also asked the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to oversee these firms and propose measures to fine those who fail to set up waste treatment systems and complete clean-up measures.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Construction rules to be loosened
The HCM City government will not require a construction license for houses of up to 500 square metres and a maximum of seven stories in urban and housing development projects whose detailed 1:500 scale zoning plans have been approved.
The change is part of a decision issued by the HCM City's People's Committee last week to regulate construction licensing in the city. The decision will take effect on August 14.
Saigon Times Daily